Oil and Gas Industry Toolbox Talks

Browse a few of our oil and gas safety toolbox talks below for free. No email address is required. These short one to two-page safety topics focus solely on the oil and gas industry. All of the talks were written by an oil and gas safety professional who has been in the field for over twenty years.

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Free Oil and Gas Talks

Below is a list of five of these talks. There are over 40 oil and gas-specific safety toolbox talks found on the Members site, with more being added in the coming months. There are additional free safety talks that relate to the oil and gas industry in a general sense, which can be found by clicking here.

At the bottom of this page is a complete list of the oil and gas safety topics that are currently available for Members.

Why Safety Matters in the Oil and Gas Industry

Working in the oil and gas field can be a fulfilling and lucrative career path. That being said, employees are exposed to a multitude of hazards that can lead to significant injuries, illnesses, and deaths. Everything from struck-by incidents, burn hazards, equipment failure, moving equipment, pressurized systems, etc., are everyday sights for those who work in this field that is critical to our infrastructure.

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To mitigate the hazards of this work to acceptable levels, a variety of different types of safeguards need to be used. There are different levels of effectiveness of safeguards that can be utilized to keep workers safe.  The most effective safeguard is elimination of hazards followed by substitution, engineering controls, administrative controls, and PPE.

While the first choice in safeguards should always be the elimination of hazards, we will discuss the importance of safety training and communication.

Administrative Controls in the Oil and Gas Industry

Administrative controls include safeguards such as written safety policies, training, scheduling, and rules. While administrative controls are towards the bottom of the hierarchy, safety training and communication play a vital role in keeping employees safe. Safety training can encompass everything from a week-long site orientation training for new hires to five-minute safety talks prior to the start of a work shift.

Longer safety training is needed to ensure that employees understand the hazards of their work, possible negative outcomes, and how to mitigate hazards. Training should take place more than just once per year or at the time of hire. Ongoing safety meetings are a great way to communicate hazards and to provide training in shorter time spans.

Holding Safety Meetings

Safety talks, also called toolbox talks or safety meetings, are a great way to communicate relevant and timely information to the work crew. Dedicating time prior to work beginning not only demonstrates a company’s desire to work safely, but it is a great way to continue to educate workers on safety topics.

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When frequent safety meetings are not held, it is easy for workers to get complacent. Even if the workers are not complacent, they may not be up to date on specific hazards, changing operations, or updated safety practices that are occurring on the worksite. The oil and gas industry is not stagnant, so safety training efforts should not be either.

This free website and the paid Members Area could be a great way to bolster your ongoing training efforts.

Using Our Resources for the Oil and Gas Industry

This website offers over 250 safety talks completely for free. You can view all of the free safety talks by clicking here. Additionally, a paid Members Area was created for those safety pros who are looking for more resources or different materials than what is offered on the free website. The oil and gas industry is one area that we had not previously covered before mid-2020. We have hired an oil and gas consultant to write safety talks to ensure this area was covered.

Currently, there are around 40 oil and gas safety talks available for members. Additional talks are being added monthly, with the goal of having at least 50 of these safety talk topics available for members. There is a multitude of topics found under the construction industry section of the Members Area that also apply to the oil and gas industry.

Members get access to ad-free PDF versions of all of the 250 free talks, an additional 300+ safety talk topics, pre-packaged safety meetings with PowerPoint presentations, 80 safety talks translated into Spanish, and weekly talk picks. There are more resources added every month.

The Complete List of Available Oil and Gas Topics for Members

  • Centrifugal Pump Maintenance
  • Chemical Hazards of Vessel Degassing
  • Chemical Neutralization
  • Chemical Transfer to Portable Containers
  • Common Hazards When Working at Pipe Racks
  • Coupon Testing
  • Dangers of Improperly Grounding a Fuel Truck
  • Filter Pot Sock Filter Changeout
  • Five Hazards of Hot Fueling
  • Four Hazards of Tripping Pipe
  • Four Significant Hazards When Staging a Holding Tank
  • Glycol Reclamation
  • High-Pressure Zone Safety
  • Hose Parting During Pneumatic Testing
  • Hot Oiling
  • Hydroblasting
  • Lube Oil Flushing
  • Noise Exposure in the Gas Industry
  • Outrigger Deployment
  • Respirator Care and Maintenance
  • Safe Staging of a Mobile Crane
  • Safely Boarding a Transfer Basket
  • Significant Hazards of Well Center Entry
  • Silica Exposure Hydraulic Fracturing Sand
  • Spill Prevention
  • Tank Cleaning
  • Three Common Injuries and Incidents When Installing Berms
  • Three Hazards of Breaking Down Frac Piping
  • Three Hazards of Inspecting Pressure Safety Valves
  • Three Hazards of Lifting a Personnel Basket
  • Three Hazards of Pipeline Installation
  • Three Major Hazards of Cementing Wells

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